EXPERIENCE & DRIVE
Our leadership training was developed over 31 years; it was forged in the most challenging environments and has been proven in a variety of industries.
While leading thousands of employees, building impactful leadership teams, and guiding individuals through new challenges, our founder came to a significant realization. Whether in the boardroom or on the battlefield, leadership and adherence to a core set of values drives success.
Since retiring from active duty, Col. Bill Vivian, your coach, has dedicated his time and talent to the leaders of tomorrow. He is driven to help newly promoted leaders develop the skills they need to excel.
Through leadership, we empower our teams to thrive and succeed.
Experiment, explore and experience life.
Never fall prey to the alluring ease of small plans.
In 2018, Bill completed 31 years as an active duty Marine. After earning his commission as an infantry officer in 1991, he commanded at every level from a platoon of 40 Marines to a regiment of 4,000. Over the course of his career, Bill was fortunate to receive three master’s degrees, which is notable because this allowed him to extensively research and write about mental models, organizational learning, and leadership. Repeatedly going from a school to an operating unit allowed him to put into practice what he had learned, deepening his understanding and improving his performance with every turn.
HIGHLIGHTING BILL'S APPROACH TO BUILDING MENTAL MODELS AND SHARED VALUES
CELEBRATING AND BLENDING CULTURES
In 2011, he prepared his battalion for deployment to Afghanistan. Due to the nature of the mission, several smaller groups of people were attached to his battalion, most after the unit had arrived on deployment. He effectively incorporated these disparate organizations into a unified team, doing so primarily by leveraging their shared culture as Marines and then imparting the specific culture of the battalion into these smaller groups.
SHARED UNDERSTANDING AND CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING
In 2016, Bill assembled approximately 2200 Marines from across the nation to prepare for a nine-month deployment to Central Command. He started this process with specific guidance to impart a shared understanding of “who we are” to those coming from other organizations. This unit then became noteworthy on deployment for its ability to operate at a high tempo, employ creative problem solving, and produce uniform results when working with a large number of partners from other Services and international military units.
“Ripper” is the radio call sign for the 7th Marine Regiment. By tradition, the Commanding Officer is always the “6”, so Bill's call sign was “Ripper 6”. Marni (Bill's wife) got their dog a few weeks after Bill deployed at the time he was the regimental CO. They talked about names briefly, and Bill said, how about Ripper? An instant hit, both with Marni and the other Marine families that lived in their neighborhood.
Ripper’s proven to be good natured but also joyfully dangerous, so he’s living up to the name quite well!